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Melethia


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Challenge: A Single Tree II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Near Wiesbaden Army Air Field
Date: Jan 24, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/200, 1/500, 1/1600
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2009

And he's moved just down the path from his parents.... :-)

The fields here have single and paired trees here and there along the paths - nice stopping points when out walking. I have a shot from a week ago I wanted to try to repeat, so took a coworker (thanks, Ro!) with me on a morning we had fog again, and we froze our butts off. Didn't get the shot I was originally after (fog, light didn't cooperate) but did get this one which is rather nice, I think.

HDR/tonemapped from three exposures, then SuperFunHappied (a Photoshop action), and a wee bit of light dodging and burning. Also selected the tree and desaturated magenta and cyan (fringed from the HDR bit and the possible slight shift in tree branches that resulted from the exposures taken handheld). Sharpened using the method 21.gif jdannels mentioned in a forum post - reduced size to 1200, sharpen, reduce size to 720 for DPC.

Woo hoo!! Thanks to Joe for the sharpening tip (with all those branches it came in very handy) and apologies to Paul. :-)

For those interested, here's the original (middle exposure):

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And a less colorful version:

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Note - 13mm on the 10-22

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 209
Avg (all users): 6.9405
Avg (commenters): 8.1538
Avg (participants): 6.7683
Avg (non-participants): 7.0777
Views since voting: 9256
Views during voting: 367
Votes: 185
Comments: 125
Favorites: 30 (view)


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02/24/2013 01:21:33 PM
Have always loved this image.Such a sense of serenity.
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02/23/2013 10:51:20 PM
"And he's moved just down the path from his parents.... :-) " I love your humor... and... this shot.
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11/16/2010 02:48:55 PM
Gallery photo #4
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02/07/2009 07:51:48 PM
One of the great things about this photo is that, well aside from the entire photo, you can see the small sun in the distance. I really like the postprocessing you did on this photo. With the path the road takes, and the fog/clouds that are in the sky, i really like this. This photo actually is a bit motivating because on this site there is often only photos with pretty blue skys. Well, you beat it. congrats on your ribbon!
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02/07/2009 03:29:26 PM
absolutely beautiful composition and idea you couldnt have captured the concept in a better way:) is there any reason you didnt clone out the sun or the extremely distant trees for that matter?
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02/06/2009 03:27:29 PM
This is absolutly beautiful, I love the editing!!! I went crazy looking up information on that photoshop action you mention (SuperFunHappied), but got nothing. Would you mind explaining a bit more about it?
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02/05/2009 12:36:01 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon Melethia! Wonderful moody capture with a lovely composition (the two trees on the horizon make it so much more interesting)!
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02/05/2009 10:18:54 AM
Beautiful! Well deserved ribbon, and congratulations on getting them in all colours!
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02/05/2009 02:27:19 AM
FAR OUT !!!
i only just noticed this on my home page ..
CONGRATULATIONS DEB .. a most beautiful and delicate and gorgeous image ..
stunning .. :)
wot an excellent line-up you have on your profile page .. all so different :)
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02/05/2009 02:05:56 AM
Phenomenal!!
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02/04/2009 07:34:33 PM
Seeing your other shots to arrive at this, I am so impressed with what you have done to it. I am cheered to think that I may be able to rescue some shots I thought were not maybe worth the effort.

Beautiful image - well worth the freeze you had to get it!
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02/04/2009 05:17:13 PM
Beautiful shot! The diagonal, minimalism, subtle colors amongst other things is just excellent. Well deserved ribbon!
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02/04/2009 12:50:57 PM
It's perfect. Yay Deb!
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02/04/2009 09:53:42 AM
A belated congrats. Cheers!
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02/04/2009 07:40:00 AM
love this one Deb.
you are becoming quite the ribbon hog nowadays! ;-)
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02/04/2009 06:18:21 AM
Congrats on the red Deb! Beautiful shot - very well done.
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02/04/2009 12:13:06 AM
Deb, strong work. I commented on the less colorful version.
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02/03/2009 09:41:07 PM
Way to go DEB! Awesome image. Congrats.
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02/03/2009 08:30:03 PM
Drop dead gorgeous!
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02/03/2009 08:08:58 PM
Love this! The composition and the processing is spot on for this. Definitely looks better with that ribbon beside the title.
Congrats!
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02/03/2009 03:37:50 PM
So gorgeous and congrats on the ribbon! WooHooo!
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02/03/2009 01:31:29 PM
Congrats, great shot. One of my favorite.
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02/03/2009 01:28:38 PM
Hooray! Congrats, Deb! Beautiful colors and perfect composition. The B&W is very moody, too.

Keep pushing your birds down. :)
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02/03/2009 10:51:14 AM
The warm tones moderate the bleak landscape. this makes the image beautifully interpretive, something like a Van Gogh painting.

Well thought out and executed Winner.

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02/03/2009 10:46:55 AM
ooooooo..... CONGRATULATIONS, Deb!!! This is gorgeous!
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02/03/2009 07:18:48 AM
Awesome Deb! Congrats!
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02/03/2009 12:42:45 AM
Congrats on your ribbon!!!! I'm so thrilled for you! Well done!
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02/02/2009 10:53:11 PM
wow, very nice. makes me miss germany. I loved it there
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02/02/2009 10:15:20 PM
Oh DEB! I had been so busy today I hadn't had a chance to check in! You DID IT with your stunning tree. And who needs the snow, right? WOW WOW WOW!!! I am thrilled that this is yours and that it won. CONGRATULATIONS. Germany is so breathtaking!

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02/02/2009 08:40:37 PM
Big Congrat's to you Deb--what a wonderful image. Great mood to it!
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02/02/2009 07:43:51 PM
beautiful!! terrific shot and congratulations!!
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02/02/2009 07:31:38 PM
Hey, Deb, just saw this! Congratulations, beautiful image. You're good :)
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02/02/2009 07:00:19 PM
Congrats on you completing your set of ribbons Deb! I made this little ribbon for you. 762233.gif :-)
I am glad that sharpening technique worked well for you. I am trying it out in the FS. Does wonders for those small details. For those interested it is exactly what Deb says.
Resize your image to 1000-1500 pixels.
Run Filter->Sharpen, 1 to 3 times.
Resize to DPC dimensions. Thats it!
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02/02/2009 06:57:01 PM
Congrats Deb, it is a fantastic shot. You have been on a real good roll lately. Way to go!!!
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02/02/2009 06:53:33 PM
I love this composition ... great work here.
Wish I could have entered this challenge there was some excellent shots.
Glad this did well congrats Deb!
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02/02/2009 06:10:00 PM
Just gorgeous! Congrats on the ribbon and excellent score.
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02/02/2009 05:20:25 PM
Lovely shot. Congratulations!
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02/02/2009 04:55:15 PM
Congrats on your ribbon, it's a beautiful shot!
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02/02/2009 04:53:17 PM
By the way, can you link us to Joe's sharpen tip that you mention in your narrative?
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02/02/2009 04:51:08 PM
Did I mention earlier how good the processing was in this ?

Very nice shot.

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02/02/2009 04:49:16 PM
Congrats Deb!! This is just so cool!!!
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02/02/2009 04:19:51 PM
Well done M, that is a fantastic shot.
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02/02/2009 03:48:27 PM
gorgeous - and nice work with the HDR, you must be pretty steady to get that 3 exposure merge handheld!
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02/02/2009 02:28:32 PM
That is a nice single tree and story. The color contrast really adds to the great composition of subjects. Congratulations on another ribbon.
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02/02/2009 02:09:48 PM
Congratulations!! Very beautiful and well done!!
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02/02/2009 02:00:07 PM
Wonderful, Deb!!! Congratulations on the RED!!! WOOOOHOOOO!!!
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02/02/2009 01:55:08 PM
Great capture, really like the composition. Congrats on well deserved ribbon.
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02/02/2009 01:35:57 PM
Well, look at you go...congrats on the ribbon. I love the story that goes with this photograph.
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02/02/2009 01:29:56 PM
Deb is a Ribbon Hog . . Deb is a Ribbon Hog

:- P

Oh sorry . . Well done you !!

p.s. love the little story as well : )
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02/02/2009 12:56:54 PM
You realize there aren't a ton of 5 ribbon winners on DPC... ;)
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02/02/2009 12:32:05 PM
Hey well done Deb
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02/02/2009 11:53:25 AM
Congratulations Deb to this wonderful picture. And of course to the ribbon :)
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02/02/2009 11:52:40 AM
Rather nice, Deb? It's f**king spectacular! Wonderfully done and congratulations!
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02/02/2009 11:47:03 AM
Congrats on the second place! Wonderful shot!
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02/02/2009 10:45:28 AM
Absolutely stunning shot.
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02/02/2009 09:53:02 AM
YAY! Excellent image, so happy to see you ribbon, Deb! Congrats!!!
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02/02/2009 09:50:42 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. Beautiful shot.
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02/02/2009 09:44:24 AM
Hurray for you, Deb. Beautiful picture. Congrats on your ribbon!
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02/02/2009 09:43:17 AM
Muy excellente!!! Beautiful photo, Deb - congrats!
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02/02/2009 09:41:19 AM
DEB!!! That is fantastic. Congrats.
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02/02/2009 09:30:57 AM
A very nice capture/congratulations
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02/02/2009 09:24:08 AM
Congrats Deb. This is a beautiful shot.
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02/02/2009 09:02:36 AM
Deb, what a fantastic image! and congrats on the red ribbon! SuperFunHappied, huh? have to look that one up.
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02/02/2009 08:52:01 AM
Beautiful image Deb. Congrats on the Red.
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02/02/2009 08:43:49 AM
Congrats! Very beautiful picture!
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02/02/2009 08:21:55 AM
Congrats, Deb-being such a good judge -I gave this a 10 ! Very lovely image.
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02/02/2009 08:05:03 AM
SWEET! congrats Deb! well done on many levels, and especially getting recognized for this talent you continually share with us!
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02/02/2009 07:45:47 AM
very excellent, a beautiful tree... I love the reflecting light on the snow/ice/water near the edge of the trail. 9

Message edited by author 2009-02-02 08:05:20.
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02/02/2009 07:39:04 AM
Very Very Very nice work, congratulations on the red.
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02/02/2009 07:33:28 AM
go deb! congrats
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02/02/2009 07:12:20 AM
beautiful congrats!
like the black and white even better!
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02/02/2009 07:09:48 AM
Didn't get to vote in this challenge, so here's a case where I sawthis one "over there" first. My personal preference is for the black and white, but they're both strong images and this certainly was well deserved. Congrats!
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02/02/2009 06:54:32 AM
Now your ribbon colors are complete! Big congrats!!!
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02/02/2009 06:16:47 AM
Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy Deb!! I LOVE this, absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Great composition and processing. Congratulations!!!!!
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02/02/2009 05:41:04 AM
WTG Deb! Congrats on an overdue ribbon.....beautiful image! I love a nice family portrait. :)
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02/02/2009 05:40:35 AM
Beautifully processed, and such a great find. Wonderful.
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02/02/2009 05:23:33 AM
This is without doubt one of your best challenge entries.. fantastic style!
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02/02/2009 05:16:56 AM
You are on fire Deb! Congrats!
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02/02/2009 04:56:09 AM
Congrats once again! It's a beautiful image :)
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02/02/2009 04:44:43 AM
Congratulations Deb. I love this. It is so atmospheric.
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02/02/2009 03:44:49 AM
Congratulations Deb...this and bubeltrubel's image were the ones I thought would be there or thereabouts come ribbon giving time!

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02/02/2009 03:29:47 AM
Very nice. (Duh!) I like that little bit of a sun hiding in the corner.
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02/02/2009 03:18:46 AM
Beautiful shot Deb!!! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon!
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02/02/2009 03:05:08 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, Deb, well deserved!
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02/02/2009 02:50:28 AM
I didn't view the entries to Trees whilst they were in voting - this is gorgeous; the light is amazing, and you have used it to very best advantage.
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02/02/2009 02:45:05 AM
beautiful, truly, congrats!
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02/02/2009 02:30:52 AM
Fantastic! Bravo Deb!!!
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02/02/2009 02:30:19 AM
Hey Deb, you are on a roll! Congratulations!
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02/02/2009 01:58:18 AM
very nice Congrats on your deserved Ribbon
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02/02/2009 01:22:14 AM
Oh YEAH! So wonderful to see you ribbon girlfriend!!!
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02/02/2009 01:21:53 AM
I like this one so much; it's s so balanced and peacefully! Congrats to this wonderful photo and the well deserved ribbon!

Message edited by author 2009-02-02 01:22:29.
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02/02/2009 12:55:41 AM
Woohoo Deb!! Congrats - that's awesome! What a beautiful photo.

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02/02/2009 12:50:41 AM
WTB, Deb! Beautiful and moody looking shot. Love the "parents" along the road, too. Congrats on your ribon.
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02/02/2009 12:27:56 AM
beautiful job!
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02/02/2009 12:21:19 AM
Congratulations, this is really nice.

Mac,
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02/02/2009 12:20:54 AM
WTG Deb! *Love* the tiny disk of sun in this :-)
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02/02/2009 12:20:10 AM
Congrats, I really liked this one. I am happy it got a ribbon.
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02/02/2009 12:16:52 AM
I gave it a 7. Great use of the overcast sky and a strong perspective view. Congrats on another ribbon.
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02/02/2009 12:16:48 AM
Woohoo! Deb, Congrats - beautiful , well done
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02/02/2009 12:13:40 AM
WTG Deb!!! Love it!
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02/02/2009 12:12:55 AM
This image clearly left me speechless, as evidenced by my cryptic message... Meant to say, gorgeous shot. Love that the fog filtered out the sun to a little bright dot. Wonderful detail in spite of the lighting. Love the tones. Congrats on a fabulous and deserving winner.
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02/02/2009 12:11:15 AM
Beautiful image. Congrats on the red.
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02/02/2009 12:07:05 AM
Congratulations Deb! This really is a pleasure to view. Magic light!
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02/02/2009 12:06:38 AM
I like the two little trees kind of hanging back and looking at the big one in the foreground. Great job with the editing - I like how you highlighted the walking path. Congrats on the ribbon!!!
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02/02/2009 12:06:09 AM
Wow Deb. I really liked this one, guess I wasn't alone. Well done on such an awesome result
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02/02/2009 12:05:03 AM
CONGRATS Deb!!!!! A well-deserved ribbon for such a lovely image!
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02/02/2009 12:04:32 AM
I didn't give it a 3!!!!
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02/02/2009 12:03:18 AM
Congrats on the ribbon and the 1x pub! Love the colors here although it looked great monotone too!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2009 08:31:18 PM
Well seen and taken..

Superb!!
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01/31/2009 05:43:38 PM
Excellent leading line composition. Great lighting. Good Luck.
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01/29/2009 10:01:03 AM
This is fabulous. I love the colors and the composition. Not much to say other than that - I really enjoy it. Good job.
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01/28/2009 10:29:47 PM
Wow. very very nice.
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01/28/2009 04:39:35 AM
Lovely shot and mood with the horizon and road. Clouds and sun make it pretty dismal for the tree that wishes he had a mate too like the ones down the road. Colors look almost antique - like a picture from the past.
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01/27/2009 06:38:55 PM
Love the way the road leads to the other two trees.
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01/27/2009 03:59:37 PM
really like this... Nice feeling of depth.
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01/26/2009 08:27:17 PM
what a wonderful place...almost have 1....2....3/4 great editing
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01/26/2009 07:01:56 PM
I love how the road leads you though the photo!
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01/26/2009 01:10:45 PM
Great PP w/o being over done. Only complaint is the bright spot above & to the right of the far trees, it keeps drawing my eyes to that spot.
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01/26/2009 01:03:31 PM
A favorite-ten ! You made this tree interesting by leading us along that curving road- well done.
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01/26/2009 12:52:27 PM
oh very pretty, desolate scene
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01/26/2009 09:09:19 AM
I like how the road bends our eye around that tree and back to the two in the background. I like the sun behind the clouds too. This is nicely composed. I wonder if some will detract because of the other two in the background. I hope not. This is nice. :~)
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01/26/2009 07:53:25 AM
I like this shot!
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01/26/2009 02:20:09 AM
Gorgeous. No real input on how to improve this photo - great composition, nice exposure, great colours. 9.
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01/26/2009 01:52:55 AM
Enter your comment here, and then cast your vote...http://www.dpchallenge.com/challenge_vote_image.php?IMAGE_ID=758936#
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01/26/2009 12:58:07 AM
Gorgeous softness. Perfect composition. I love the silvery highlights in the water. 9.
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